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‘Framed’ Brit gran facing death penalty in Pakistan begs Government for help

A "framed" British gran facing the death penalty in Pakistan is begging the UK Government to help get her home.

Yasmin Kausar, 62, says she has been framed for the murder of her husband of 23 years and feels "abandoned" by the Government in her time of need.

She was detained after the charred remains of her husband were found in a car at a rubbish dump in Rawalpindi in the Punjab region on April 1.

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The grandmother, from Leeds, was bailed by a judge who said claims she hired two men to carry out his brutal murder were "frivolous, baseless and concocted" in nature.

The judge said she had been deliberately framed to deprive her of inheritance and ordered that she be freed from court pending a trial.

The Foreign Office said it couldn't interfere in the legal systems of other countries.

But Mrs Kausar today (Thursday) pleaded with them to raise the case with the Pakistan Government to look at her evidence.

Speaking from Pakistan, she said: "The judge has said I've been framed, why can't they help?

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"I'd like them to get in touch with the Pakistan Government and raise the issue and see that I get a fair trial.

"I don't want the inheritance, I just want to come home and see my family. I haven't seen them for eight months.

"It breaks my heart that I can't see my kids.

"My daughter has cancer, I need to be at home with my children. I feel abandoned by the Government."

The Honourable Mr Justice Muhammad Tariq Nadeem granted Mrs Kausar bail after an appeal was taken to the high court in Lahore.

In his order, he highlighted flaws in the prosecution argument against bail, including no direct evidence available that could connect Mrs Kausar to the crime she is accused of.

But despite being freed from prison, Mrs Kausar – who is diabetic – cannot leave the country and her family say she is left isolated.

And she faces gruelling four-hour round trips by taxi to weekly court hearings at £100 a time.

She added that she sits in the court for three hours before it just gets adjourned, as there's no evidence, and could take 18 months of adjournments before it is seen by a judge.

Since she was bailed, Mrs Kausar's family have launched a petition calling for the immediate intervention of Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, who, alongside Rishi Sunak, is one of two candidates in the frame to replace Boris Johnson as Prime Minister next week.

Her son Sajid Bashir and daughter Saima said they had contacted Ms Truss nine times since May and say they have just had two letters from Foreign Office minister Lord Ahmad in response.

Sajid, a builder, said: "She wants to be the Prime Minister, but she's not prepared to help a British citizen who's been framed for murder.

"We just feel let down."

Mrs Kausar's nephew Zeb Akhtar slammed Ms Truss's lack of help as a dereliction of her duty as Foreign Secretary.

He said: "A British national has been murdered, his widow is going through hell and the Government has done nothing."

A spokesperson for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said: "We are providing consular support to a British national in Pakistan and are in contact with the local authorities."


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